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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 5
audite 92.684|Nov. 2015
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 5

In their fifth volume of the Complete Beethoven Chamber Music for Strings, the Quartetto di Cremona – currently Italy’s most exciting string quartet – present an enraptured late work, the Quartet Op. 132 with the great Adagio “thanksgiving”, alongside Beethoven’s only String Quintet, Op. 29. more...

Lawrence Dutton
Quartetto di Cremona

Ludwig van Beethoven

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Audite's fifth volume of the Complete Beethoven String Quartets presents not only the Op. 132 String Quartet but also Beethoven's only original String Quintet. Lawrence Dutton, the violist of the Emerson String Quartet, joins the Quartetto di Cremona.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left six string quintets to the music world, Louis Spohr's work catalogue contains seven, whilst Luigi Boccherini completed around 120. Ludwig van Beethoven had three quintets published; however, only one of these was originally conceived for string quintet - the upset over the different editions was clearly so serious that the Viennese maestro felt no desire to write any more "real" quintets. However, his opus 29 of 1801 is a true masterwork on the brink between the Classical style of his teacher, Joseph Haydn, and the revolutionary idiom of Beethoven's middle and late periods. The Adagio (with its adjunct of "molto espressivo") in particular heralds an evocative intensity which was still foreign in Beethoven's earlier works.

However, for his late oeuvre of the 1820s - the Ninth Symphony, Missa solemnis, late piano sonatas and string quartets - Beethoven had developed such a distinctive language that the label of "Early Romanticism" no longer applies. His String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132, with its five movements and exceptional degree of difficulty also stands apart from contemporary works; then and now, only professional ensembles could tackle this grandly conceived colossus. As in the quintet, the Molto adagio represents the core of the piece. Its title - "Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity" - refers to an illness from which the composer had recovered, and adapts a chant inspired by the Renaissance composer Palestrina. In so doing, Beethoven includes a musical ancestor in his quartet whilst making a religious avowal.

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    hifi & records | 2/2016 | Uwe Steiner | April 1, 2016

    Eine sensationelle Gesamteinspielung der Beethoven-Quartette wird mit einem der größten Brocken der Literatur fortgesetzt, dem legendären op. 132.…

    thewholenote.com | 28 March 2016 | Terry Robbins | March 28, 2016

    Strings Attached - April 2016

    I haven’t heard any of the previous releases, but if the new Volume V Super Audio CD is anything to go by, then I’ve really been missing something. [...] Their playing here certainly bears that out, with a fine sense of shape and form never compromising the warmth and spontaneity of the playing. …

    BBC Music Magazine Performance: 5/5 Stars
    BBC Music Magazine | March 2016 | Michael Tanner | March 1, 2016

    Revelatory Beethoven

    Michael Tanner is stunned by the Cremona Quartet's playing

    This is the most exciting new disc of string quartet playing that I have come across for a long time. It opens with one of Beethoven's least performed or mentioned works, his Quintet Op. 29, for which Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet joins the Cremona Quartet. It is not a masterwork, but it goes naturally with the Op. 18 Quartets in its bold and charming way.

    What really matters, though, is the stupendous performance of the Quarter No. 15 in A minor, the one late quartet that I have found hardest to fully respond to until now. The Cremonans have an individual style of playing. It comes as no surprise that they were coached by Piero Farulli of the Quartetto ltaliano: they seem to have taken his lessons to extremes. Their playing is characterised by strenuous lyricism, the individual players seeming almost to go their own way, as if they were a quartet of singers with strong personalities. They give this strange music a choral quality, which
    in the great Song of Thanksgiving, that immense slow movement, reaches almost unbearable levels of intensity. The alternating andante sections, which I have often felt, like Stravinsky, were like the layers of a five-decker Dagwood sandwich, here are necessary to relieve the tension. The almost mad, desperate finale is annihilating. Altogether a revelation.

    Fono Forum Musik: 5/5 Sternen
    Fono Forum | März 2016 | Marcus Stäbler | March 1, 2016

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    Stereo | 2/2016 Februar | Marcus Stäbler | February 1, 2016

    Im späten Quartett op. 132 fesseln die Cremoneser Streicher wieder mit jener Einheit aus Ausdruck und analytischer Transparenz, wie sie für die komplexen Werke Beethovens nötig ist.…

    http://theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.de | Sunday, 17 January 2016 | Bruce Reader | January 17, 2016

    A remarkably fine performance of Beethoven’s String Quintet in C major Op.29, with violist Lawrence Dutton, is coupled with a terrific performance of the String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 making a fine addition to the Quartetto di Cremona’s Beethoven Quartet cycle for Audite

    This is a terrific performance that reveals further the remarkable qualities of this Quartet and makes fine addition to the Quartetto di Cremona’s Beethoven Quartet cycle.

    The SACD recording is first class and there are useful booklet notes.…

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    Der neue Merker
    Der neue Merker | 13. Dezember 2015 | Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger | December 13, 2015

    Zwei Wunderwerke der Wiener Klassik, das Streichquintett C-Dur und das Streichquartett Op. 132 aufregend expressiv interpretiert

    Wie schon bei der Besprechung des Vol. IV herausgearbeitet, gehen höchste Expressivität im Ausdruck und individuell erspürte Essenz der musikalischen Strukturen einher mit einer sinnlich-kecken bis nachdenklich-spirituellen Sanglichkeit des Tons. Alles wunderbare Voraussetzungen, um die Musik des sturen, unberechenbaren und wohl auch kompositorisch exzentrischen Hitzkopfs Beethoven so zu vermitteln, als wäre sie vom Meister selbst so autorisiert.…

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete String Quartets - Vol. 5 (audite 92.684)

part of the series: Beethoven Complete String Quartets with Quartetto di Cremona (at present 7/8 productions)
article number: 92.684
EAN barcode: 4022143926845
price group: ACX
release date: 27. November 2015
total time: 80 min.

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